Kabwe District Food Nutritionist Mary Mungabo says only one thousand farmers out of 24,000 in Kabwe district have received farming inputs for the 2019/2020 farming season.
ZANIS reports that Mrs Mungabo said the 1000 farmers received the farming inputs this week in an exercise that commenced on Tuesday.
She discloses that the exercise that commenced on Tuesday this week would be concluded before the onset of the rains.
Mrs Mungabo was responding to questions during a full council meeting held yesterday at the Kabwe Municipal Council on whether the DACO’s office had commenced the distribution of farming inputs to farmers in Kabwe district.
She however explained that the delay in the distribution of farming inputs to the rest of the farmers was as a result of the farmers not depositing their K400 contributions on time adding that a big number of them had not yet made their deposits.
All the 24,000 who are expected to benefit under the Food Input Support Programme (FISP) will all collect medium maturing varieties such Zambezi seed and Pana seed due to the fact that Kabwe district is in a region with medium rainfall.
Mrs Mungabo said farmers were also being advised to consider Conservation agriculture and to focus on diversification as the country is trying to promote other seed varieties such as sorghum and Millet apart from Maize.